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President Obama's Nuclear Posture Review is drawing fire from both hawks and doves. How does it propose to deal with proliferation, the threat of terrorism and the ambitions of Iran and North Korea? Also, GM issues its first earnings report since emerging from bankruptcy, and a West Virginia talk show host about community reaction to the disaster at the Upper Big Branch Mine.

Banner image: (L-R) Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Energy Secretary Steven Chu conduct a press conference to discuss the Nuclear Posture Review at the Pentagon, April 6, 2010. DoD photo: Cherie Cullen

Producers:
Gary Scott
Karen Radziner
Frances Anderton

Main Topic Splitting the Difference on Nuclear Weapons 34 MIN, 37 SEC

What threats justify maintaining a nuclear arsenal? When, if ever, could such weapons be used? Those and other questions get some new answers in the Obama Administration's Nuclear Posture Review, reviving arguments that go back to World War II. Now that the Soviet Union is ancient history, the focus is on North Korea, Iran, proliferation and terror. What's the best way to deal with those challenges, reduce the chance of a confrontation and keep America as safe as possible? We hear from journalists, nuclear experts, military analysts and former Pentagon officials.

Guests:
David Sanger, New York Times (@SangerNYT)
Jonathan Schell, Fellow, The Nation Institute
Dan Goure, Lexington Institute (@dgoure)
William Hartung, Director, New America Foundation's Arms and Security Initiative

The Seventh Decade

Jonathan Schell

Reporter's Notebook The Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster 8 MIN, 24 SEC

Twenty-five people are dead and four others are missing in America's worst coal mining disaster in 25 years. As miners' families struggle with their tragedies, state and federal officials promise investigations. Kevin Stricklin, who runs the US Mine Safety and Health Administration says, “We know the mine wasn't operating safely or we wouldn't have had an explosion.” Hoppy Kercheval, host West Virginia MetroNews' Talkline, has more on local attitudes toward the Upper Big Branch Mine and the Massey Energy Company.

Guests:
Hoppy Kercheval, Host, West Virginia MetroNews' 'Talkline'

Making News GM Lost $4.3 Billion Following Bankruptcy 7 MIN, 24 SEC

General Motors has issued its first earnings report since it emerged from bankruptcy with the help of American taxpayers. It had a positive cash flow of $1 billion, but the bottom line shows a lost of $4.3 billion. Tim Higgins reports on business for the Detroit Free Press.

Guests:
Tim Higgins, Business writer for the Detroit Free Press

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